ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review :: Test Setup and Performance

09-30-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

Itís not really a fair fight to compare the HD 4550 with some of the mid-range and high-end cards on the market so I decided to compare the HD 4550 with EVGAís 9500GT which is in the same price bracket as of today due to a MIR. The market for sub $50 video cards is a bit interesting in that it is almost always better to spend a few extra dollars and get the next step up. The 9500GT performed well throughout beating the ATI card in everything except Bioshock sometimes by a big margin.


Test System


  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 CPU running at 3.2GHz
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 EPP memory running at 2000MHz
  • Intel DX48BT2 Motherboard
  • ATI Reference HD 4550 running 8.531 drivers
  • Rosewill 950W PSU
  • ASUS 16X DVD-ROM
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1 installed

Tests


DirectX 9.0

  • Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Enemy Territory QuakeWars Patch 1.5 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Unreal Tournament 3 Patch 1.2 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • STALKER 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • 3DMark05/06 version 1.3/ 1280x1024, 1920x1200 default run
  • Aquamark 3 standard test
  • SpecViewPerf 10
  • PCMark05/Vantage

DirectX 10.0

  • 3DMark Vantage 1.01 1280x1024, 1920x1200 standard test run
  • Crysis Patch 1.2 1280x1024, 1680x1050 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Bioshock DX10 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough